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The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

Mel Tormé  Piano Mel Tormé  Vocals Mel Tormé  Main Performer

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1 Stranger in Town   3:01
2 You've Laughed at Me for the Last Time   3:02
3 Am I Blue   2:22
4 Day by Day   2:51
5 Willow Road   3:02
6 I Got the Sun in the Morning   3:00
7 Try a Little Tenderness   3:07
8 It Happened in Monterey   2:51
9 Born to Be Blue   2:40
10 Get Out of Town   3:16
11 What Is This Thing Called Love   2:57
12 Changing My Tune   2:40
13 For You. For Me. For Evermore   3:06
14 Guilty   3:08
15 And So to Bed   2:35
16 Don't You Believe It Dear   2:36
17 A Little Kiss Each Morning   2:56
18 It's Dreamtime   3:03
19 You're Driving Me Crazy   3:12
20 Who Cares What People Say   2:55
21 I'm Yours   3:01
22 I Can't Give You Anything But Love   3:00
23 My Baby Just Cares for Me   2:37
24 Love, You Funny Thing   2:58
25 Dance Ballerina Dance   3:13
26 If I Had a Girl Like You   2:43
27 Until the Real Thing Comes Along   2:55
28 But Beautiful   2:45
29 Love Is the Sweetest Thing   3:05
30 Gone with the Wind   2:57
31 I Cover the Waterfront   4:27
32 County Fair   4:33
33 A Foggy Day in London Town   2:54
34 Makin' Whoopee!   2:54
35 Little White Lies   2:58
36 Night and Day   2:44
37 Three Little Words   2:01
38 Love Me or Leave Me   1:47
39 Do, Do, Do   2:29
40 Careless Hands   3:15
41 Stompin' at the Savoy   2:34
42 You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me   3:07
43 Blue Moon   3:12
44 Again   3:11
45 The Four Winds and the Seven Seas   3:05
46 It's Too Late Now   3:14
47 Sonny Boy   2:45
48 Oh You Beautiful Doll   2:19
49 The Old Master Painter   2:49
50 I Hadn't Anyone Till You   3:09
51 Cross Your Heart   2:38
52 Skylark   3:08
53 Lullaby of the Leaves   2:21
54 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered   3:19
55 The Original "California Suite": Mountain Desert Theme/The Golden West/We T   30:44
56 Recipe for Romance   2:33
57 My Buddy   2:48
58 You're a Heavenly Thing   2:33
59 Don't Fan the Flame   2:30
60 A Stranger in Town   2:42
61 Anything Can Happen Mambo   2:46
62 Blue Skies   2:17
63 Rose O'Day   2:22
64 Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)   2:37
65 All of You   2:50
66 Spellbound   2:31
67 The Hut Sut Song   2:28
68 Cement Mixer   2:24
69 That Old Black Magic [Live]   3:14
70 Mountain Greenery [Live]   2:21
71 County Fair [Live]   5:15
72 The Christmas Song [Live]   3:11
73 Goody, Goody [Live]   2:28
74 Bernie's Tune [Live]   2:57
75 Ghost of a Chance   2:43
76 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You   2:31
77 Prelude to a Kiss   3:13
78 I've Got the World on a String   2:03
79 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea   2:23
80 I Surrender Dear   2:35
81 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   3:10
82 One Morning in May   2:42
83 I Can't Give You Anything But Love   1:58
84 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart   2:00
85 Vaya con Dios   3:22
86 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga   3:09
87 Nina   2:35
88 Frenesi   2:35
89 South of the Border   3:02
90 Perfidia   2:07
91 The Rhumba Jumps   2:13
92 Malagueña (At the Crossroads)   2:37
93 Cuban Love Song   2:03
94 Rosita   2:56
95 Adios   2:04
96 Baia   2:29
97 Baubles, Bangles and Beads   2:17
98 A Sleepin' Bee   3:34
99 The Surrey With the Fringe On Top   3:00
100 All I Need Is the Gin   3:04
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The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

Audio Compact Disc

Label: JSP

Category: Vocal

The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

UPC: 788065907228

Release Date: 03/26/2012

Original Release Date: 03/26/2012

Number of Discs: 4

Tracks: [Stranger in Town, You've Laughed at Me for the Last Time, Am I Blue, Day by Day, Willow Road, I Got the Sun in the Morning, Try a Little Tenderness, It Happened in Monterey, Born to Be Blue, Get Out of Town, What Is This Thing Called Love, Changing My Tune, For You. For Me. For Evermore, Guilty, And So to Bed, Don't You Believe It Dear, A Little Kiss Each Morning, It's Dreamtime, You're Driving Me Crazy, Who Cares What People Say, I'm Yours, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Love, You Funny Thing, Dance Ballerina Dance, If I Had a Girl Like You, Until the Real Thing Comes Along, But Beautiful, Love Is the Sweetest Thing, Gone with the Wind, I Cover the Waterfront, County Fair, A Foggy Day in London Town, Makin' Whoopee!, Little White Lies, Night and Day, Three Little Words, Love Me or Leave Me, Do, Do, Do, Careless Hands, Stompin' at the Savoy, You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Blue Moon, Again, The Four Winds and the Seven Seas, It's Too Late Now, Sonny Boy, Oh You Beautiful Doll, The Old Master Painter, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, Cross Your Heart, Skylark, Lullaby of the Leaves, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, The Original "California Suite": Mountain Desert Theme/The Golden West/We T, Recipe for Romance, My Buddy, You're a Heavenly Thing, Don't Fan the Flame, A Stranger in Town, Anything Can Happen Mambo, Blue Skies, Rose O'Day, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama), All of You, Spellbound, The Hut Sut Song, Cement Mixer, That Old Black Magic [Live], Mountain Greenery [Live], County Fair [Live], The Christmas Song [Live], Goody, Goody [Live], Bernie's Tune [Live], Ghost of a Chance, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Prelude to a Kiss, I've Got the World on a String, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, I Surrender Dear, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, One Morning in May, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Vaya con Dios, Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga, Nina, Frenesi, South of the Border, Perfidia, The Rhumba Jumps, Malagueña (At the Crossroads), Cuban Love Song, Rosita, Adios, Baia, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, A Sleepin' Bee, The Surrey With the Fringe On Top, All I Need Is the Gin]
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John Bush

Mel Tormé was a singing, writing, and recording dynamo during the 1940s and '50s, and any set would need many more discs than just four to collect his work. That said, The Many Sides of Mel Tormé goes a long way, functioning as one of the very best extended surveys of his early career. Included are several discs' worth of his earliest recordings (with vocal group the Mel-Tones or otherwise), plus a pair of '50s LPs (one originally on Verve) to take Tormé's story into the era when his career matured and peaked. All of the great Mel-Tones sides are here, some of the best recorded with Artie Shaw, like the alternately smooth and supercharged "What Is This Thing Called Love." The beginning of his true solo career comes next, and the birth of the Velvet Fog with "Careless Hands," "Night and Day," "The Old Master Painter," and "A Foggy Day." Disc three includes his full-length work The California Suite, plus some small-group sides that showed his growing skill with nimble vocal lines ("Goody, Goody," "Mountain Greenery"). The set concludes with two discrete LPs, one originally released in 1957 as Prelude to a Kiss (and re-released numerous times later) and the other a Latin-themed LP with Billy May (1959's Olé Tormé: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May). Both are strong albums, if not at the level of his peak recordings for Bethlehem and Verve. Altogether it's an entertaining and invigorating set of Mel Tormé's first 15 years of recording, finding his way in the vocal arts. ~ John Bush, Rovi